The Formula One rule makers have introduced new regulations this year aimed at making the sport more environmentally friendly, with all cars now fitted with new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engine.
The new engines are much quieter than previous models, meaning the iconic, piercing sound that normally accompanies a F1 grand prix was noticeably absent at the season-opening race at Albert Park.
Australian Grand Prix chief executive Andrew Westacott believes Melbourne has been short-changed and says the sport’s governing body may be guilty of a breach of contract.
"What was lacking was the sexiness and the appeal of the noise," Westacott told Melbourne radio station3AW.
"I was able to stand on pit wall at the start of the race without ear plugs," he said.
"Previously, it shakes the bones."
Westacott said Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker had already spoken to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone about the frustrations.
"I'd be confident we'll have a different sound next year," he said.
The lack of noise was one of the major talking points to come out of Albert Park this weekend.
Fairfax motorsport writer Mark Fogarty was scathing in his assessment, claiming "the sound of the cars was dreadful, the racing was somnolent and the spectacle completely underwhelming"